The Tour de Manche and Velodyssey
Enjoy some great break away rides!
Cyclists and lovers of fresh air, rejoice! With more than 1300 km of cycle paths and greenways, Brittany is a bike-friendly place! From the outstanding network which criss-crosses this region between land and sea, linking ‘cités de caractère’ (towns of character) set in nature conservation areas, here are two great European routes: the Tour de Manche and Velodyssey.
Tour de Manche, a natural adventure
The Brittany section of the Tour de Manche runs between Roscoff and Mont-Saint-Michel (359 km). Enjoying the sea air as you pedal the safe, quiet roads of the coastal route, you’ll combine the pleasures of cycling with discovering the maritime landscape, which features craggy coastlines, wild moorland and pretty beaches. The route takes you through a succession of iconic sites: Morlaix Bay, the Pink Granite Coast, Saint-Brieuc Bay, Cap Fréhel headland, Mont-Saint-Michel Bay… See the beauty of the Brittany coast in a few pedal strokes!
Vélodyssée® is epic!
From Roscoff to Nantes, saddle up for the Vélodyssée®. After following the Morlaix Bay coastline, your route takes you through the Monts d’Arrée mountains, then along the Nantes-Brest canal, with stops at the Bon Repos Cistercian Abbey and Lake Guerlédan. The Morbihan department offers enjoyable strolls round small historic towns such as Pontivy, Rohan, Malestroit, Josselin (which is overlooked by an impressive Renaissance castle) and Redon, where several inland waterways meet. After 385 km, you’ll reach Nantes: a lovely reward for not too much effort!
Continue your tours using these European routes
Why stop there? The 1200 km Tour de Manche crosses Normandy’s Cotentin Peninsula before reaching, via cross-Channel ferry, Dorset and Devon, two highly-regarded counties in the south-west of England. From Roscoff to Carentan (in Normandy), the Tour de Manche follows EuroVelo 4, one of the 15 cycle routes that make up the EuroVelo network, connecting the countries of Europe. You may opt instead for the ‘Petit Tour de Manche’, a lovely trip which takes in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mont-Saint-Michel and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. For its part, Vélodyssée® connects Hendaye with the south of England. At 1,400 km, it’s the longest cycle route in France, 80% of which is composed of greenways. Vélodyssée® is part of the EV1 European Veloroute. However, Brittany also offers six other great cycle routes. They make for safe, comfortable cycling, and are suitable for anyone dreaming of an active cycling holiday: Saint-Malo to Arzal (Route 2), Saint-Malo to Rhuys Peninsula (Route 3), Roscoff to Saint Nazaire (Route 5), Camaret to Vitré (Route 6), Roscoff to Concarneau (Route 7) and Saint Brieuc to Lorient (Route 8).